“Any time someone makes you feel guilty about how you are living, that is part of the old system (pre-Christ).”. You never seem to get straight answers. He says there in Matthew, once again, 24:23, 24: Now imagine deceptions that are so powerful that they will almost deceive even the elect. But there are four points that I want to underline as we begin our study. Brethren, cling to your Bible, as it reads, and stop your criticisms in regard to its validity, and obey the word, and not one of you will be lost…. In other words, the environment at creation was perfect for the preservation and for the prolongation of life. He warned about Hell because He knew well that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) and wisdom (Psalm 111:10). Sproul: In every age the church is threatened by heresy, and heresy is bound up in false doctrine. In other words, they don’t appear wicked on the surface but they are wicked actually in their thoughts and in their hearts. Genesis 13:10. It says there in Luke 3 verse 38: Very clearly Adam and Eve were created sons and daughters of God. So we’ve moved from the Old Testament before the Child is born to Rome when the Child is born 54 to the ten divisions into which the Roman Empire was divided to the 1,260 years to a time when the earth helped the woman eventually to the final war when the dragon is enraged with the woman and goes to make war with the remnant of her seed who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Here we find a description of the relationship of Jesus with His Father. It’s the story of Joseph. And we know that Jesus gained the victory. I feel even greater sorrow for the poor souls that are following him into perdition. We’re going to follow step by step. And we must not forget that as we interpret and apply Romans 13, we are called to obey governors and resist tyranny. In the process of the battle you’re going to hurt Him, but by hurting Him, His foot is going to come down on your head and it is going to crush your head. In fact, the reason why Jesus came to this world was to recover the throne and to recover the territory. But the preposition that is used here for with that the Son “was with the Father” is the Greek preposition tros which means to be with but with movement towards. I’m sure many people found it puzzling that Tony referred to homosexuals as “fully human persons.” (Actually, all sinners are fully human persons.) {TM 116.3}, • A Solemn duty to stand for truth Thus, God made His saving covenant known to Cornelius, who responded to the initial light of God’s grace given to him (John 1:9). 10And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. Genesis 15:4. When doctrine is minimized, heresy can exercise itself without restraint. They had no reason to, because God told them that they could eat of every tree of the garden. The authorities that exist have been established by God. First of all man was given dominion and secondly, the territory of his dominion was everything relating to planet earth. That notion, of course, came directly from the lips of our beloved Lord Jesus himself: “Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. And by the way, most of what has been written about this battle is flat wrong. In other words, this world had a new king and the territory was taken over by Satan. Jones also admits that he understood the biblical prohibitions to sodomy: “I’ve always thought that all persons should be afforded the same rights and no one should be discriminated against. According to Bell, who views Hell through rose-colored glasses, Hell is just one last pit stop a person makes before Heaven. (Sir 10:4), He will for ever keep faith with all men, especially with the powers that be, since no ruler attains his office save by the will of God. He reveals to us that He has no pleasure in the death of anyone, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live”(Ezekiel 18:32). Thus, it makes far more sense to understand ‘aionion’ to express that which is eternal when it comes to the duration of the punishment of the wicked (Matthew 18:8, 25:41, 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Jude 7). Many preachers misinterpret Romans 13, deceiving their congregation and exposing them to great peril. Emergent Church Leader, Rob Bell, has lit up the blogosphere with the firestorm he is causing with what many believe to be heretical views on God, Christ, and Salvation in his new book, Love Wins. But it is a way of thinking and living that is sorely lacking today. Carson, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Matthew 13-28), Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1995, p. 523). The territory over which Adam was to govern was everything relating to planet Earth. The water was pure and refreshing. The odds are too great, the stakes are too high, and eternity is far too long! And, of course, the struggle between Jacob and Esau represents the final struggle in controversy between those people with those two character manifestations: the righteous, and the wicked. The emergent-friendly, Global Dictionary of Theology, makes a distinction between ‘Hopeful Universalism’ and ‘Convinced Universalism’: “Hopeful universalism finds reason in Scripture to be hopeful that everyone will be saved, but they do not believe that we can be certain of this. I have to commend Tony for admitting he was wishy-washy on the issue of sodomy. The Emerging Church has often been described as being as hard to define as nailing Jell-O to a wall. If this fact holds true, all they would need to do is tell the judge they will receive his love later. A Lutheran theologian, Bonhoeffer understood the danger of placing human authority above divine authority. And basically what we’re going to do is study this subject in ten specific points. “The problem is,” said Ravi Zacharias, “non critical people listening to this stuff absorb it.”, What people are absorbing from emergents isn’t authentic Christianity, it’s neo-evangelicalism. 03:01 According to Genesis 1:30 all animals before sin were vegetarians. Still others say, I attend such and such a church because it has the most members. ” And, of course, the two men look at Jesus and if they lived today they probably would have said “What planet have you been on for the last three days? Jacob and Esau are typological, they’re symbolic. 6:9-10, Eph. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath. Obviously Satan’s final deception’s will be very, very, powerful, very delusive. In the meantime, some emergents will continue the “conversation” on homosexuality, knowing full well that people are dying — and some of them are headed straight to hell! In the Olivet discourse, after revealing that He will separate the righteous from the wicked like a shepherd separates sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-45), Jesus states that the wicked “shall go away into eternal [aionios]punishment: but the righteous into eternal [aionios] life.” (Matthew 25:46, ASV). When we’re looking forwards and we’re going through these trials, it’s difficult many times for us to understand exactly what is happening. You know, it wasn’t Noah’s flood, it was the Lord’s flood. A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better.”, “Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Let us pray with the same fervor for Rob Bell and other aberrant Emergent teachers, as Paul prayed for those who fell into heretical teachings in his day: “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” –2 Timothy 2:25-26, Let us hit our knees and cry out to God to guard His beloved bride from the ear tickling, flesh inciting, false doctrines that are beginning to permeate the church in these last days! The devil takes Jesus to a high mountain, and I want you to notice what the devil shows Jesus. By claiming that the unrepentant wicked will have a chance to get to Heaven from Hell, Rob Bell has gone beyond that of Edward W. Fudge, who states in The Fire That Consumes, “the wicked, following whatever degree and duration of pain that God may justly inflict, will finally and truly die, perish and become extinct for ever and ever.” (Fudge, The Fire That Consumes, 1982, p. 425). Now we want to take a look at Hebrews 11:3. Now notice also what we find in Genesis chapter 1 and verse 31. Genesis chapter 6 and verse 5. First of all, was the command of God clear? And then, of course, you have this dragon. He wanted to proclaim his freedom from rules and regulations. It is a solemn duty to stand for truth, a sacred obligation to resist evil in all its forms. You have the serpent and the woman. But basically what we studied is that Adam and Eve sinned and gave up their position of dominion over the earth. Add this to the fact that Bell promotes in Love Wins, “At the heart of this perspective is the belief that, given enough time, everybody will turn to God and find themselves in the joy and peace of God’s presence. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.”, “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.”, “the letter does not end with blood and violence”, “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live”, “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”, “Depart from me into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”, “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”, Rob Bell’s recent interview with Martin Bashir on MSNBC. Now you’re probably wondering what I mean by two types of wicked seeds. In other words, the Roman Empire. He doesn’t want Jesus’ true teachings on Hell to diminish the numbers. 13-15. Tony Jones’ continuous leftward slide into apostasy. It says in verse 11: So we see that every intent of the heart of man was only evil continually. Sometimes we can be tempted to wonder if God has lost the plot, as we see evil men triumphing, while the children of God are in the midst of distress, and we wonder if Satan is winning. The remnant is the last portion of God’s people. It says here: So Genesis tells us that Enoch walked with God. They are not anxious about Jesus coming. So probably Eve, when she came to the tree, wasn’t even hungry. In that story we have all four elements of Genesis 3:15. The disciples. I don’t see any story in the Bible that speaks about God’s providence in such a marvelous way as the story of Joseph. In other words, Adam and Eve saw Jesus create absolutely nothing. Jesus did not soften the truth about Hell and eternal punishment in an attempt to make His message more palatable to accommodate culture. I could not tell if the Church affirms or denies universalism, the false teaching that everyone will eventually become saved. God is saying, it’s my turn to ask questions. I blessed humanity. You’ll find in the list there that it says: “he died, he died, he died, he died. And we’re going to read a couple of verses from there in a few moments, but I want you to catch the picture. Bell states in Love Wins, “What Jesus does is declare that he, and he alone, is saving everybody. You have… In the second place, that moral authority has a law or a code and disobedience to that law or to that code brings as a result death. He lost his health, servants and his wife turned against him His friends turned against him. Very clearly, Abraham understood that God was going to do this, by a supernatural miracle. The false doctrine of Universalism has been called the “beautiful heresy” because it is seductive and tickles the ears. So three ideas: resting, blessing, and hallowing. And so we find very clearly in this statement that Melchizedek was not Christ. that hell ever brings about genuine repentance. There was not one taint of evil. What is the body of man? Where do women go when they die? Because Revelation chapter 12 shows the different stages of the controversy between Christ and Satan and it shows that the culprit behind the scenes is the devil. Obviously not! The authorities that exist have been established by God. What is the spirit? Well, the fact is that in our study today we’re going to notice that there is one type of wicked person who is overtly wicked. I’d like to begin our study today at Genesis 1:26, 28, Genesis 1:26, and then we’ll jump down to verse 28. And, of course, the devil is is very happy because he feels that God’s plan has been frustrated. Love Wins helps us have a biblical imagination that leaves room for the hope of the redemption of all while recognizing humanities free will to continue to reject God…. You have Cain and Abel. But if it were possible, the very elect. The fact is, Scripture teaches that it’s a sin to have sex outside the bonds of marriage. We know that the commandments of God means the ten commandments. Here we have a clear explanation as to what the testimony of Jesus is, which the remnant will possess in the end of time. If a man die, shall he live again? 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. The sons of God and the daughters of men. By the law is the knowledge of sin. In other words, “You’re not going to adopt Eliezer; Eliezer is not going to be your heir. The law of God, the ten commandments, demands perfection. There is no indication in scripture that a person has a second opportunity to get right with God in Hell. Many many books have been written on this battle. It’s the first event that is described where we need faith in order to grasp it. Pray that God would reveal to Rob Bell just how serious it will be on judgment day to have the blood of thousands of people on his hands when they are pointing to him as the one who deceived them into believing they would have another chance and God says, “Depart from me into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41, 46), Rob Bell states in his book that Jesus never used language like “turn or burn”; but the truth is, Jesus twice stated that “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, 5). It says: over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Jesus Christ was the Creator of Genesis 1. The truth is that the words ‘aion’ and ‘aionios’ can refer to an age or, ‘all eternity’. May God help us to be faithful in our generation, for God has promised that he will be faithful and that he will equip us for every good work, whether the state allows it, or not. (Acts 5:29). Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. This is a very well known verse. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. We’re going to find in this story, however, that the devil had a very special plan in mind, taking into account that there was one language and one speech. other exhortations to a Christian walk generally. It has since been updated on their site due to the firestorm caused over the book.). So why is this happening to me Please explain. An emphasis on experience and feelings over absolutes. Would it be better to just ignore these people and pray that the movement will soon fade away? 13 Many of those who might otherwise repent, will sadly buy into Bell’s lie and take his false doctrine to its practical conclusions. Please pray with me that Rob Bell would spend more time reading the Bible instead of reading and quoting New Agers and hanging out with the Dalai Lama. It’s a spectacular story. Scripture is clear, regardless the earthly power the believers first responsibility is to Yahuwah, the only earthly laws to be obeyed are those that do not contradict the divine law. On the fourth day God placed the sun and the moon and the stars in their positions by the power of his word. Others say, I attend this church because of the location, and because of the wonderful physical plant that the church has. We are called to live our lives and share the good news of the gospel in spirit and truth. It’s easy to think; “Well, he’s only one guy and there is a lot of bad teaching out there”, but if you’re a discerning Christian you will have noticed by now that the post-modern vain philosophies of the emergent/emerging church are deeply infecting the Biblically illiterate youth of our day who are being fed a steady diet of spiritual poison while sitting under the teaching of hirelings. You remember that Lot went into the valley where Sodom and Gomorrah were, whereas Abraham decided to stay in the country outside the cities. Genesis chapter 1 and verse 26. is made to Stott, Essentials, op. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” And then the final stage that we’re going to deal with is how the eight laws of health will be practiced among God’s people once sin is eradicated from the universe. One other thing I found worth mentioning is the following quote on the Vision and Mission page: “Imagine a community that dares to dream of heaven on earth; a community where everyone is accepted and respected and their journey cherished, regardless of their background, beliefs or place in society.”. First of all, in these verses there is a moral authority who is God. This is pre-creation or at the moment of creation at least. Now I’m going to go quickly through Revelation chapter 12 and review what we studied in our last lecture. The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were one. In fact, I’m not laughing at all. The government had overstepped its authority when it made a decree that no one could pray to any god, save the king, for a month. ” Positive command… negative command. It requires perfect conformity to its specifications. And yet the amazing thing that this passage declares is that men like that are, in some sense, servants of God. 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